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a. Some guy with red hair was there.

b. Some guy was there with red hair.

Do both these sentences express the same meaning? I saw it in Wikipedia as examples of extraposition.

  • The second sounds odd to me: it sounds like the hair is separate from the guy (who may or may not have had red hair). – Peter K. Jan 4 at 17:27
  • @PeterK, yes, it sounds like this guy was bringing someone's red hair with him ;) – Ivan Olshansky Jan 4 at 17:32
  • Or: "Some guy was there with red hair; yesterday he was blond." – Andrew Leach Jan 4 at 17:33
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    More or less, but there's no 'extraposition' here. Wiki us just being silly about this. Your b. example is about postposing, where the PP "with red hair" is postposed to the end of the clause. 'Extraposition involves moving a subordinate clause subject to the end of the clause and replacing it with the dummy pronoun "it". – BillJ Jan 4 at 18:39

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